Study Travel

Welcome travelers! Whether you’re an Ole, parent of a current, former, or graduated student, friend of the college, or just stumbled upon us, we welcome you on Study Travel.

  • Experience other cultures
  • Learn something new
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded travelers
  • Savor new cuisine
  • Wander new paths

We believe that educational travel contributes significantly to your personal well-being and is critical to the well-being of society. If you agree that studying abroad is fundamental to understanding other cultures and perspectives and to being an educated citizen in our contemporary world, then we have the program for you. Yep, you – an alum, parent, or friend of St. Olaf.

Many of our programs are custom-designed and faculty-led. On others the education is provided by locals and scholars recruited by our tour operator. Either way, you’ll have an enriching experience and return home a better informed citizen of the world.

We invite you to join us.

WHERE WILL STUDY TRAVEL TAKE YOU? Expand the Our Programs menu to the right, or scroll down to see photos of some of our destinations.

But first, get a quick taste of one of our programs through the “Instagram Takeover” by traveler (and in this case leader) Jeffrey Bores ’85. (Note: some posts have more than one photo. If you’re viewing this on a computer — rather than a mobile app — after you click on a photo be sure to hover over that photo to see if arrows pop up within the photo, indicating there are more photos in that post.) … Wow, I had to use the word photo a lot in that sentence.

Want some help figuring out your next vacation? We’ve got you covered. You can stop wasting time trying to find a charming, affordable, centrally-located hotel. You can stop worrying about how to get from place to place. You can stop wondering if you should get a local guide or just hope the audio tour at the museum will be enough. We’ll do all that for you. Instead, you can spend your time reading books, watching movies, and listening to music related to your destination. We’ll give you a resource list to jump-start your vacation before you even leave home. We’ve even found the coolest places to visit. Click on a program below or expand the menu above to find the destination and educational theme that’s right for you.


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Group travel is no place for extreme spontaneity. We need enough participants by our go/no-go decision dates, which are anywhere from 4 to 6 months prior to departure, and are posted on each program page. Scroll down to see our programs.